REBUILDING LIVES: ENCOURAGING HOPE
Food Aid for Northern Kenya
The Diocese received an urgent appeal from our link diocese of Nakuru for help to supply food to the drought-stricken area of Baringo in the Pokot region. £5,000 was sent from last year’s appeal to give immediate food aid. The cover photo shows Bishop Joseph of Nakuru distributing this food. The drought is part of the famine currently affecting large areas across East Africa and beyond.
Transport for Sierra Leone
The new minibus for the Diocese of Freetown means that church workers can now get to remote areas to give help in rebuilding communities after the devastation left by the ebola epidemic. Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries and the bishop is deeply grateful for our support and friendship, which means a very great deal to his diocese and its often distant and isolated churches.
Building in Guinea
Desperately poor, French-speaking Guinea has many needs. The church here has struggled to provide clergy and workers where they are needed. In Kamsar the priest has slept on the floor of the church for many years. Now he has a house with designated help from parishes in our diocese. It has been named ‘Maison Chichester.’ This is practical help for the whole community, helping the priest lift people out of poverty.
For the future:
We are asked for support to continue to help churches in West Africa to rebuild after ebola; to support a women’s micro-finance project in Cameroon; to train workers for the newest and poorest dioceses in Kenya; and much more.
A Message from Bishop Mark - Bishop of Horsham and Chairman of the Diocesan Overseas Council.
The longstanding partnerships with our link-dioceses in East and West Africa are not simply about money and funding the church overseas. They are about relationships that touch upon much more than money. We receive greetings and the assurance of prayers around the time of our Diocesan Synods. We received a humbling assurance of love and prayers after the terrorist attacks in this country. We have received visits from bishops who have engaged with our schools and preached in our parish churches. When they visit Africa, our representatives receive very generous hospitality and a warm welcome. We are enriched by all of this and so grow as partners and friends.
Whether in Kenya, where there is a severe drought and famine or in the West Africa where the Ebola epidemic caused havoc and heartache, our link dioceses have been responding to the suffering that confronts them every day. They have been spending themselves sacrificially in the service of the societies in which they live. I ask you to share in that sacrificial response of our brothers and sisters by making a gift to this year’s Harvest Appeal. Countless people’s lives now need rebuilding after the challenges of the last few years. Our friends are responding to that need. Please help us share that responsibility with them.
Our Links with churches in East and West Africa are bringing hope and practical help to many thousands of people.
We have built up links over many years and across parishes, schools and through various parts of our diocesan life.
The Harvest Appeal is one way in which you are invited to reposed. If you would like to help in other ways, please contact Ian Hutchinson-Cervantes.
Seewww.chichester.anglican.org/appeal for more information and resources to download.